Natural Born Heroes: How a Daring Band of Misfits Mastered the Lost Secrets of Strength and Endurance How a Daring Band of Misfits Mastered the Lost Secrets of Strength and Endurance, Christopher McDougall
  • List: $22.50  |  Sale: $15.75
    Club: $11.25
    • Facebook Share
    • Twitter Share
    • Pinterest Share

Details

Natural Born Heroes: How a Daring Band of Misfits Mastered the Lost Secrets of Strength and Endurance

Author: Christopher McDougall

Narrator: Nicholas Guy Smith

Unabridged: 13 hr 49 min

Format: Digital Audiobook

Publisher: Random House Audio

Published: 04/14/2015

Genre: Health & Fitness - Exercise

Synopsis

The best-selling author of Born to Run now travels to the Mediterranean, where he discovers that the secrets of ancient Greek heroes are still alive and well on the island of Crete, and ready to be unleashed in the muscles and minds of casual athletes and aspiring heroes everywhere. 

After running an ultramarathon through the Copper Canyons of Mexico, Christopher McDougall finds his next great adventure on the razor-sharp mountains of Crete, where a band of Resistance fighters in World War II plotted the daring abduction of a German general from the heart of the Nazi occupation. How did a penniless artist, a young shepherd, and a playboy poet believe they could carry out such a remarkable feat of strength and endurance, smuggling the general past thousands of Nazi pursuers, with little more than their own wits and courage to guide them? 

McDougall makes his way to the island to find the answer and retrace their steps, experiencing firsthand the extreme physical challenges the Resistance fighters and their local allies faced. On Crete, the birthplace of the classical Greek heroism that spawned the likes of Herakles and Odysseus, McDougall discovers the tools of the hero—natural movement, extraordinary endurance, and efficient nutrition. All of these skills, McDougall learns, are still practiced in far-flung pockets throughout the world today.

More than a mystery of remarkable people and cunning schemes, Natural Born Heroes is a fascinating investigation into the lost art of the hero, taking us from the streets of London at midnight to the beaches of Brazil at dawn, from the mountains of Colorado to McDougall’s own backyard in Pennsylvania, all places where modern-day athletes are honing ancient skills so they’re ready for anything. 

Just as Born to Run inspired readers to get off the treadmill, out of their shoes, and into the natural world, Natural Born Heroes will inspire them to leave the gym and take their fitness routine to nature—to climb, swim, skip, throw, and jump their way to their own heroic feats.


From the Hardcover edition.

Recommended

Strong is the New Beautiful Embrace Your Natural Beauty, Eat Clean, and Harness Your Power, Lindsey Vonn
Strong is the New Beautiful
by Lindsey Vonn

Lessons in strength, fitness, food, and attitude from the popular world champion skier and beauty icon—Olympic gold medalist Lindsey Vonn. Olympic Alpine skier Lindsey Vonn wants women to stop thinking about "losing weight fast," and instead ...

Narrator: Teri Schnaubelt
Published: 10/04/2016

Endure Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance, Alex Hutchinson
Endure
by Alex Hutchinson

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • "Reveals how we can all surpass our perceived physical limits." —Adam GrantLimits are an illusion: a revolutionary book that reveals the secrets of accessing your hidden extra potentialFor...

Narrator: Robert G. Slade
Published: 02/06/2018

Kettlebell Training Fundamentals, Taco Fleur
Kettlebell Training Fundamentals
by Taco Fleur

Achieve Pain-Free Kettlebell Training and Build a Strong Foundation to Become a PRO Kettlebell Enthusiast. This book is for people who experience pain or discomfort during kettlebell training, it’s to help reduce or eliminate callus, forearm ...

Narrator: David Van Der Molen
Published: 02/05/2018

Lift: Fitness Culture, from Naked Greeks and Acrobats to Jazzercise and Ninja Warriors, Daniel Kunitz
Lift: Fitness Culture, from Naked Greeks and Acrobats to Jazzercise and Ninja Warriors
by Daniel Kunitz

A fascinating cultural history of fitness, from Greek antiquity to the era of the “big-box gym” and beyond, exploring the ways in which human exercise has changed over time—and what we can learn from our ancestors. We humans hav...

Narrator: Joe Towne
Published: 07/05/2016

Spark The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain, John J. Ratey
Spark
by John J. Ratey

A groundbreaking and fascinating investigation into the transformative effects of exercise on the brain, from the bestselling author and renowned psychiatrist John J. Ratey, MD. Did you know you can beat stress, lift your mood, fight memory loss, sh...

Narrator: Walter Dixon
Published: 08/01/2008

T Is for Transformation A 7-Step Program for Digging Deeper, Feeling Stronger, and Living Smarter, Shaun T
T Is for Transformation
by Shaun T

As a fitness icon and motivational mastermind, Shaun T has helped millions of people transform their bodies and their lives through his Hip Hop Abs, INSANITY, and CIZE workouts. But people who think of Shaun T as just a workout force are missing som...

Narrator: Shaun T
Published: 11/07/2017

Faster, Higher, Stronger How Sports Science Is Creating a New Generation of Superathletes-and What We Can Learn from Them, Mark McClusky
Faster, Higher, Stronger
by Mark McClusky

The world of high-performance athletics is changing forever. Not so long ago, you could compete at the top level with hard work and a good coach, but today, it's impossible to separate the achievements of athletes from the scientists who support the...

Narrator: Mark McClusky
Published: 12/01/2014

The Ultra Mindset, Travis Macy
The Ultra Mindset
by Travis Macy

Travis Macy has summited glacial peaks in the French Alps, rappelled into limestone caves in China, and raced through parched deserts in Utah. In 2013, he famously won the Leadman Series, a combination of nearly 300 miles of high-altitude trail runn...

Narrator: Brian Hutchinson
Published: 04/14/2015

How Bad Do You Want It? Mastering the Pshchology of Mind over Muscle, Matt Fitzgerald
How Bad Do You Want It?
by Matt Fitzgerald

The greatest athletic performances spring from the mind, not the body. Elite athletes have known this for decades and now science is learning why it's true. In his fascinating new book How Bad Do You Want It?, coach Matt Fitzgerald examines more tha...

Narrator: Matt Fitzgerald
Published: 02/24/2016
{"id":"858376","ean":"9780804194150","abr":"Unabridged","title":"Natural Born Heroes: How a Daring Band of Misfits Mastered the Lost Secrets of Strength and Endurance","subtitle":"How a Daring Band of Misfits Mastered the Lost Secrets of Strength and Endurance","author":"Christopher McDougall","rating_average":"4.29","narrator":"Nicholas Guy Smith","ubr_id":"858376","abr_id":"0","ubr_price":"22.50","abr_price":"0.00","ubr_memprice":"14.62","abr_memprice":"0.00","ubr_narrator":"Nicholas Guy Smith","abr_narrator":"","ubr_length":"Unabridged: 13 hr 40 min","abr_length":"Abridged: "}